Sushi Etiquette [infographic]

September 20, 2012 |  by  |  Food

Sushi is so tasty, definitely one of my favorite foods. So it’s unfortunate that I don’t know any sushi etiquette. In fact, after reading today’s infographic, alot of us don’t know any sushi etiquette. AND apparently I’ve been eating at bad sushi bars.

While this infographic only refers to sashimi, there are still some rules that you can apply to regular sushi as well; Like dumping wasabi into soy sauce, or even rubbing chopsticks together to remove the splinters. And if you’ve never tried sashimi, I highly recommend it, it’s so filling and fresh. This weekend, I challenge you to go out to your favorite sushi bar, order sashimi, and practice the etiquette you just learned. [via]


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  • Josh

    Great info, except this is in fact referring to sushi; not sushi rolls, but not sashimi either. Sashimi is just fish without the bed of rice. Thanks for the pointers!

  • scylla

    I’m really glad someone mentioned the chopstick rubbing because it drives me nuts when people do it. However, there are a few errors in this infographic as well as in the introduction. The diagrams all represent nigiri-zushi, not sashimi, even though at times it should only be referring to sashimi. The mixing of wasabi in soy sauce is not universally frowned upon because it depends on a number of factors. There’s a generational difference (older generations do still mix their wasabi in soy sauce); it depends on the quality of the wasabi (good quality wasabi is worth tasting on their own whereas cheap wasabi warrants mixing with soy sauce); it depends if you’re eating sushi or sashimi (wasabi should be eaten separately if it’s with sashimi); and it depends if you are sitting at a sushi counter where you can specify to the chef exactly how much wasabi you want (if you have no control over the taste, you are entitled to dip it in a wasabi/soy mix). Sushi should indeed be consumed in one bite, but a lot of bad sushi joints make their pieces far too big. In that case, it’s not the customer’s faux-pas if a piece requires more than one bite.

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  • jmb9039

    This is interesting. I went to a sushi bar with a Japanese exchange student, and he did nearly everything this infographic says not to do – put wasabi in soy sauce, dipped rice, and rubbed chopsticks together.

  • Spike S

    I’ve seem very few sushi bars that offer real quality chipsticks. Most are disposible wooden ones that merit rubbing together, if they have not cracked already. This inforgraphic seems to be some sort of westerners idealistic view of “how to respect a culture”. Eat your food the way you prefer it. If you want ginger on it, or to mix wasabi and so, then go ahead.

  • quanger

    whatever this is full of shit

    • StillCantBanMe

      Faggot etiquette 101

  • Michael Mils

    Wow. I’m incredibly happy you guys tell me how to enjoy my sushi. Eating it properly in accordance to arbitrary rules is much more important than actually having a good time.

  • freezerburn666

    this is absolutely ridiculous if a sushi chef or anyone else is offended by the way someone eats then it’s THEIR FAULT because they are being an over sensitive fool and not letting anyone just be themselves and have a good time. there is no sushi etiquette, it’s only for purest and people who don’t realize this is the year 2012. this is pure garbage.

    • Allison

      I suppose you wouldn’t be offend, then, if you saw someone eat with their hands at a restaurant.

  • Boris

    I’m curious how unstable a person might be when someone who rubs their chopsticks together drives them nuts? Real problems should drive you nuts… just mho of course

  • Leah Tedesco

    But if they do give you the cheap chopsticks, I don’t think that it’s rude to get the splinters off…it’s just personal safety.?

  • agarillon

    Wow. Not even much research done. Sashimi is the fish alone.

    Sashimi — raw slices* of fresh fish arranged on their own — is generally left distinct from sushi, which involves rice.

    on the other hand, is one of the different types of sushi, which vary
    most obviously by shape and construction. Most basically:

    In addition…some of the most refined Japanese, I know make a bit of a paste with soy and wasabi, then adding soy to make a smooth mixture.

    Chopstick rubbing is truly necessary in less expensive restaurants. It keeps you from getting splinters.

    PLEASE don’t spread such poorly researched articles!

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  • Kelvin Limbrick

    You arent supposed to eat sashimi with your fingers…Otherwise, looks good to me!

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